The Telegraph
Friday , January 22 , 2016

Lajong test for India U-17 team

Shillong, Jan. 21: Shillong Lajong FC has taken the initiative to organise a match between a select Northeast XI team and the current Indian national under-17 team in Guwahati on January 29.

India will host its first-ever FIFA tournament in the form of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the second half of 2017. The All-India Football Federation formally flagged off its preparations for the tournament in November. India under-17 national coach Nicholai Adams will scout for new players at the game in Guwahati. SLFC has received the help of all state football associations of the Northeast in organising this game.

A 22-member squad of boys from seven northeastern states - Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura - are currently training with Lajong here.

Lajong's head of youth development Gumpe Rime and AIFF coach Francisco Bruto Da Costa are supervising preparations for this squad.

Wrestling: The Assam Wrestling Association and the Wrestling Federation of India will jointly organise the sub-junior nationals for boys and girls at Tarun Ram Phookan Indoor Stadium in Guwahati from tomorrow. More than 1,000 participants from 30 states will take part.

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